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For years, we have been hearing the cries of the content industry, from the RIAA, the MPAA and here in the Netherlands from Stichting Brein: “Piracy is killing us”, “If piracy continues, no more great new music/films will be made”, “Won’t you think of the artists?” and “Piracy is theft”. That’s my favourite, that last one. It sure sounds like the creative industry is in dire trouble. I guess we’d better do something about these darned pirates, right? Well, that is where ACTA comes to the rescue.

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As the discussion and protests against ACTA heat up across Europe, there are several media, such as newspapers and TV, that remain silent. The protests don’t make it to the evening news, there are no articles dedicated to ACTA in newspapers. That is a shame, since these media traditionally reach a large number of people. Now, those people have no idea what ACTA is or what all the fuss is about. I asked in my immediate surroundings and most people shrug and tell me they have no idea either. When I enlighten them about what ACTA will mean for the future of the Internet, for instance, they all react the same way: shock, disbelief and then anger. Surely, our government would not let something let this happen? Well, the sad truth is that our government, our representatives, have no idea how this Internet thingy works and allow themselves to be dazzled by talk and figures of the content Mafia industry.

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I’ve been writing quite a bit about the dangers of ACTA recently. Just look at my tag cloud to see how big ACTA has become! I do that because I fear for our future should ACTA become a reality. Fortunately, it’s not just me who is spreading the word. I came across an excellent explanation about why ACTA can’t be trusted right here, from the founder of the Swedish Pirate Party. This makes for excellent and scary reading. A Dutch translation may be found here.

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Yesterday, the FBI took down file hosting service Megaupload.com, for suspected copyright infringement. Why wait for ACTA to become a reality when you can jump the gun, right? Also, this case proves that ACTA is not necessary to act against sites suspected of copyright infringement. Today, it seems Anonymous is up in arms against the FBI and plenty of organizations that support or want ACTA. Most of their sites are down. Here is the “official” announcement by Anonymous. As far as you can make official announcements when you have no membership and no spokesperson, of course. (more…)

It is said that evolution always moves forward and that it can not move backward. An amphibian, once it is an amphibian, can not go back to being a fish. Man can not return to being an ape. Species go from one form to another but always more complex, always more specialized. While this isn’t how evolution works, recently I have been wondering if this is true and if not, if we may be the perfect example of evolution reversing and not just one step, but several huge strides. Can one argue that we are no longer human?

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